September 29th, 2014
Barbara Ann (Caggeso) Emanuele, 64, of Oil City, died at 4:51 p.m. Friday Sept. 19, 2014 while surrounded by her family and friends.
Barb was born in Ridgway on Jan. 21, 1950,Â the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Fragale Caggeso.
Barb graduated from Ridgway High School and she earned a business administration degree from Robert Morris College.
She was married May 17, 1980 at St. Leo Magnus Catholic Church in Ridgway to Giuseppe â€ťJoeâ€ť Emanuele and he survives.
U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy current on the northwestern shore of Tinian, part of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Clancy is a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He is currently assigned to the Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 based at Camp Foster, Okinawa in Japan.
Numerous search parties including those of the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine forces based near Guam were unable to locate Clancy on Saturday and resumed efforts on Sunday and today.
In conjunction with the design committee from the Ridgway Heritage Council, Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki is planning a wide range of projects aimed at enhancing the North Broad Street corridor from the Main Street intersection to the Pennsy train depot.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon was one of the featured speakers during the Luminary Service on the Diamond Saturday evening, an event held to honor or remember those who have been impacted by addiction.
As district attorney, McMahon sees individuals battling various addictions pass through the criminal justice system on a regular basis.
ST. MARYS â€“ Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.
ST. MARYS â€“ Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.
John "Tyke" Hulings, 77, of 126 West Virginia Ave, James City,Â died Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2014 in James CityÂ at the home of his daughter.
He was born on Nov. 10, 1936 inÂ James City, the son of the late George and Evelyn Confer Hulings.Â On April 14, 1956 he married Donna Edinger, who preceded him in death.
Mr.Â Hulings was aÂ member of the Kane Senior Center and also the Northwestern Pennsylvania Polka Boosters.Â He attained the rank of Sergeant while serving in the National Guards.
Melissa Birch Howard, 57, of 311 Jackson Ave., Ridgway, died in the early hours of Saturday morning, Sept. 27, 2014 at her residence following a 16-month illness.
She was born July 9, 1957, the daughter of Betty Matha and Alan Birch of Ridgway.
Melissa resided in Ridgway for the majority of her life. She was a basketball coach for the Ridgway Area School District and a member of the Elks Club. She was employed by Dickinson Center Inc.â€™s Adult Habilitation Center as a therapeutic activities services worker for over 20 years and was the waitress at the Elks Club for five years.
With two equally-matched and undefeated teams facing off, it was only fitting one play and less than one yard would decide the winner.
Ridgway stopped a John English run on a two-point conversion with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Elkers a 21-20 win over the Kane Wolves Friday night at Memorial Field in Ridgway in the AML South opener for both teams.